HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii wasn't the only place where Bruno Mars sold out concerts. Ticket sales for his "Moonshine Jungle Tour" of the U.S., Canada and Mexico resulted in the third-busiest day in Ticketmaster history for online and phone traffic.
"It's supposed to open at nine o'clock to go online and purchase tickets. We logged on at 9:08 and it was sold out. No luck," said fan Charlayne Dacanay Ranchez, who tried to get tickets when they went on sale Monday.
The entire Bruno Mars tour went on sale nationally, with over 35 dates, on Monday. Those sales were boosted from Mars' Super Bowl halftime show the day before, watched by more than 115 million people.
Mars has also sold out shows at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden, among others. Four years after his last show in Hawaii, Mars is now a global superstar.
What is irking Hawaii fans is seeing tickets for his Honolulu concerts on sale online for up to thousands of dollars. "It's not just any mainland operation, it's local people, too, from right here at home, selling their tickets, or trying to, for a profit," said promoter Tom Moffatt.
In one case on Craigslist, someone is offering to sell tickets for 75,000 Hawaiian Miles each. That's worth nearly two round trips on Hawaiian Airlines to the West Coast.
Moffatt also warns that there are some tickets on the re-sale site StubHub that may be fakes. "Some of the seats we've seen mentioned on Stub Hub, for example, aren't even available and were not sold to anyone," he said.
He also insists that Ticketmaster's sales protocol is fair. The company sells seats by phone, the Internet and in person, all at the same time, first-come, first-served.
Moffatt said, "Nothing about Bruno Mars was done any differently than has been done for dozens of shows at the Blaisdell since Ticketmaster's been in place. There was simply a huge demand for a small supply of tickets."
There's been no decision yet on whether there will be a fourth concert. But Moffatt said, "For any show, the best strategy is for buyers to go online as much as possible to order tickets. That is the best strategy on the consumer side for any show, but especially popular ones like Bruno's."